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Counter Culture by APA Central Coast

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Counter Culture

by APA Central Coast

 

Program Overview

Counter Culture is a collaborative information and exchange program created and facilitated by the Central Coast Section of the American Planning Association's California Chapter (APA Central Coast). The program focuses on one of the planning sector's most ubiquitous but overlooked elements - the public planning counter. Counter Culture provides a space to share observed challenges and weaknesses between practitioners from both sides of the planning counter so that strategies can be developed for process improvement and communication.

The series of sessions includes eight (8) bi-weekly sessions which will be hosted virtually, these sessions begin August 12th and the final one will be on November 18th occurring 5:30 to 7:00 PM (PST).

Why Counter Culture?

On both sides of the planning counter, everyone would like to see processes go smoother, staff resolve challenges seamlessly, and more project completions and approvals. Counter Culture seeks to improve outcomes experienced at public planning counters by bringing together public and private planning professionals to share their experiences and learn about best practices in permitting, process improvement, and communication.

How Does Counter Culture Work?

The Counter Culture program will help participants understand and create solutions to challenges at planning counters on the Central Coast and beyond through a combination of learning and interactive work sessions. Guest speakers and facilitators will share their expertise with participants, and particpants will have the opportunity to work with one another. Interactive work sessions will include opportunities for attendees to share their own challenges with fellow participants to develop solutions in a collaborative environment.

Program Details

Counter Culture will be facilitated as a series of eight (8) bi-weekly sessions. All sessions will be hosted virtually on Thursday evenings from 5:30 PM (PST) to 7:00 PM (PST). The program series begins on August 12th and ends on November 18th. Registration for Counter Culture is free to APA Members and students, the cost to non-members is $50 per person.

Registration is not avaialble at this time. Fill out the e-form below to receive an email notification when registration is available:

Session Outline

  • Session 1 "Counter Culture Kick-Off" | August 12, 2021 | Session will bring particpants together to share program objectives and receive participant input about what challenges participants hope to explore and resolve. 
  • Session 2 "Roses and Thorns" | August 26, 2021 | Session will include a moderated panel of guest speakers.
  • Session 3 "Roses and Thorns" Pods | September 9, 2021 | Session will review lessons from the prior session and break particpants into small work groups to share and work to develop solutions to their challenges.
  • Session 4 "Process Improvement" | September 23, 2021 | Session will be led by one or more guest speakers.
  • Session 5 "Process Improvement" Pods | October 7, 2021 | Session will review lessons from the prior session and break particpants into small work groups to share and work to develop solutions to their challenges.
  • Session 6 "Communication and Public Information" | October 21, 2021 | Session will be led by one or more guest speakers.
  • Session 7 "Communication and Public Information" Pods | November 4, 2021 | Session will review lessons from the prior session and break particpants into small work groups to share and work to develop solutions to their challenges.
  • Session 8 "Counter Culture Debrief" | November 18, 2021 | Session will gather particpants a final time to share work session results and lessons learned with program particpants. 

Questions?

Questions are welcome and may be sent to centralcoastapa@gmail.com.

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